Taliban official says no foreigners kidnapped, but some being questioned

Western nations have struggled to ramp up the pace of evacuations amid chaos and reports of violence by the insurgents.

Civilians prepare to board a plane during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul
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Civilians prepare to board a plane during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul

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The Taliban have not kidnapped any foreigner, although some of them are being questioned before being allowed to leave Afghanistan, an official of the Islamist militant group said on Saturday.

Just a week after the Taliban's swift takeover of the south Asian nation, Western nations have struggled to ramp up the pace of evacuations amid chaos and reports of violence by the insurgents.

"Our fighters will continue to demonstrate restraint," the Taliban official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
He ruled out incidents of reported kidnappings of foreigners, but added, "We are questioning some of them before they exit the country."

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First Published: Aug 21 2021 | 3:13 PM IST

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